Friday 26 May 2017

Runs landmark for Tendulkar

CRICKET

Sachin Tendulkar has become the first player in history to score 15,000 Test runs.

The Indian batsman achieved the feat when he reached 28 not out on day three of the first Test against the West Indies in Delhi.

The 38-year-old is also seeking a record 100th international century. He has been stuck on 99 tons since March, and ended the day unbeaten on 33 -- he was trapped lbw by Fidel Edwards for seven in the first innings.

He passed West Indies star Brian Lara's mark of 11,953 runs to become the leading Test run-scorer in 2008 and subsequently became the first cricketer in history to reach 12,000, 13,000, 14,000 and now 15,000 Test runs.

BOXING

FIVE Irish boxers will take part in an Olympic test event at the ExCel in London later this month.

European champion Joe Ward, two-time AIBA World medallist John Joe Nevin, Olympic silver medallist Ken Egan and European Union champions David Oliver Joyce and Con Sheehan have been named on the Irish squad for the event, which begins on November 22.

TENNIS

Czech Tomas Berdych is just one win from securing a place in the season-ending ATP World Tour finals after beating Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-3 7-5 in the Paris Masters.

The fifth-seeded Berdych, who will book his ticket for the November 20-27 event at the 02 in London if he reaches the quarter-finals in Paris, will next face either 11th seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia or American Alex Bogomolov Jr.

Meanwhile, Limerick's Conor Niland yesterday powered his way to a 6-3 7-5 win over Italy's Andrea Arnobaldi in the first round of the ATP Challenger Tour event in Loughborough, England.

SAILING

Team Telefonica continue to lead the way in the 6,500-nautical-mile first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante to Cape Town, sailing a western course in the Atlantic.

Camper's tactical gamble to split from the fleet and hug Africa's coast on a southern course is costing them dearly, and last night they were 16 miles behind in less than two knots of breeze.

Onshore, the Abu Dhabi team are ahead of schedule in the race to replace the broken mast on Azzam and hope to resume racing today.

Irish Independent

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